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Modern day jobs are requiring less physical activity during the workday. There is growing evidence that sedentary behaviors are negatively associated with health outcomes such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. This is pivotal for desk-based workers as they are at a much higher risk for these negative outcomes. Research shows that small movements in during the day can reduce negative health outcomes. The use of a sit-stand desk (SSD), which is ergonomically designed, is becoming a modern day workplace trend. Much of the research on SSD’s has been related to musculoskeletal health and physical discomforts. Few studies have documented participant perceptions regarding acceptability and feasibility of these desks. Significance: This project involves a qualitative analysis of the experiences and perceptions regarding use of SSDs. The purpose of this study is to describe the human experience. Methods: Data will be collected from participants in the Gorillas Stand Up for Working project at Pittsburg State University. The Varidesk, an ergonomically designed height-adjustable desk, were introduced to 32 faculty and staff volunteers from Fall 2015 through Spring 2016. The perception of acceptability and feasibility was measured after using the desk. Results: Preliminary results were obtained through a pilot study and reveal a very favorable response to the participants acceptability and feasibility of the desks; this project is part of the ongoing study, Gorillas Stand Up for Working. Discussion: Small movements can equate to insurmountable changes in negative health outcomes. Incorporating some degree frequent physical activity is a necessity.


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